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Skidmore College
Economics Department

Majors

 

Requirements for a major in economics are: EC 103, EC 104, EC 235, EC 236, EC 237; EC 375; MA 111 (MA 108 and MA 109) and at least four additional 300-level economics courses. (EC 399A-D may not count as one of the electives).

Effective Class of 2016:
Students studying abroad or at other institutions in the U.S. may transfer a maximum of one 300-level course per term of study and no more than two such courses in total.

Effective Class of 2017:
Majors are required to take EC 103, EC 104, EC 235, EC 236, EC 237; EC 375; MA 111 (MA 108 and MA 109) and four additional elective courses, at least three of which must be at the 300-level. (EC 399A-D may not count as one of the electives). Students may count a maximum of one 200-level elective towards the four elective courses, including courses transferred from study abroad or other institutions. All electives must be 3- or 4-credit courses.

Effective Class of 2019:
Majors are required to take EC 103, EC 104, EC 235, EC 236, EC 237; EC 375 and four additional elective economics courses, at least three of which must be at the 300-level while one may be a 200-level elective. All electives must be 3- or 4-credit courses. EC 399A-D may not count as one of the electives.

In addition, students are required to take Calculus I (MA 111 or MA 109).

Matriculated Skidmore students studying abroad or at other institutions in the U.S. may transfer a maximum of one economics course per term of study and no more than two courses in total. At a minimum, for majoring in economics, students must have taken at least six economics courses at Skidmore, including two of the required 200-level courses (EC 235 - Macroeconomic Theory, EC 236 - Microeconomic Theory), EC 237 - Statistical Methods, two electives, and EC 237 - Statistical Methods .

Transfer students should work with the registrar's office regarding potential credit for economics courses taken prior to matriculating at Skidmore.

Students may not count economics classes taken S/U above the 100 level towards the major.

NOTE: Calculus II and III, as well as Linear Algebra (offered by the Department of Mathematics), are strongly recommended for students planning to go to graduate school in economics or business.

NOTE: Only economics courses will appear in the major GPA.

Writing Requirement in the Major:
The Economics Department has a strong commitment to helping its students become proficient writers who are able to communicate their analyses in a manner generally accepted in the economics profession. Students will fulfill the writing in the major requirement upon satisfactory completion of EC 375 - Senior Seminar in Economics, in which they write a major paper of no less than 10,000 words. The effective written communication of complex economic issues requires a thorough reading of the relevant literature, synthesizing those readings into a coherent form, and developing one's own thesis question which is then analyzed in a manner appropriate to the thesis question. Writing in Economics builds on the skills developed in papers written in other 200- and 300-level economics courses.

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